Posted On 06 Nov 2018
There is no question that a business’ Information Technology (IT) department is instrumental to success. After all, every sector of business practice has fast become more and more dependent on technology. Computer systems and other tech gadgetry have greatly increased productivity, allowed workers to complete tasks while traveling or from home, and communication both within a unit and between units is facilitated far more simply. IT isn’t just about computers and networks, however; it refers to all of the physical tech hardware, the internet, and even hardwired phone systems.
One thing you can depend on when it comes to technology is that it constantly changes to reflect advances in the industry. While it is not practical to upgrade a company’s IT systems with the release of each new thing, a business can suffer if it does not periodically assess the general health so to speak of its current system, potential benefits of upgrading particular components, and weigh any benefits against the monetary costs of such changes. This assessment is known as an IT audit, and – if your IT department is not familiar with the term or has not performed one in a while – your business may be due to have one.
In general, a company needs an IT audit when one or more of the following conditions apply: (1) it has been two or more years since the last IT audit, (2) there has been a recent and notable increase in the number of employees, (3) one or more core technology systems are failing or noticeably ineffective, and/or (4) there are issues or concerns about your IT provider. Such an audit will help identify potential weaknesses in the information technology structure, bring to light where systems can be improved, and help a business comply with best industry practice.
An IT audit is a little more in depth than just debating the merits of replacing or purchasing new technology for a company. It also helps to pinpoint any security issues that could compromise sensitive business data, allows an opportunity to update equipment warranties, sheds light on what hardware or software has become obsolete, and ensures an effective disaster recovery system is in place. If your company already regularly performs these IT audits, you’re ahead of the game. If, however, you are overdue or the company has recently undergone a big change, consider an IT audit at your earliest convenience.